“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” Ephesians. 3:20
So many times when we’re in pursuit of our rewards we outline our limitations. Work in particular is a context that we are seeking reward. For many it’s a deep concern to work in His calling. Often its important to just work at something.
There are seasons that we feel God is silent. We may even feel desperate while we’re waiting and working for an outcome.
On my journey with work there have been years of seasons that I was sustained but in survival mode. Years that I though I was drowning trying to stay off the brink of exhaustion. Most of my adult life I’ve been moving toward some part of a vision. And usually there’s only a part of the picture that I’m working toward. When things seem impossible, or it seems like God is silent, His rewards are the remembrance that have often brought me to keep my peace.
When I look back and see how one thing has led to another, I am so thankful for all the times when it seemed like I couldn’t see the way out but God was faithful to me.
I remember a particular season that my job had fallen apart. I would look around and say to Him you know this doesn’t make any sense for me to be here. This was not the vision I’d been given. I’d worked hard for years to get this job and stay out of this very kind of trial. I believed He wanted me to be still in this place until he showed me what was next. I would show up day after day with no good reason that I knew of except obedience. I prayed constantly hoping to be sensitive to any indication of the next step.
I held close to scriptures on reward “His ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts higher than our thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8 And “He is the rewarder of those that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:8
When the next step came, it came through not just that hardship, but even others that came together with it. The job I got through this time was the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. By far it has been the best group of people I’ve ever worked with. We’ve put in some years of joy in excellent work. This has been more than I could have asked or thought.
As I’m preparing now for my next step, I see the same multiplication. We are called to harvest and I knew this time would come for me to grow. I began the search for my next job with hopes and dreams but I didn’t think it was time for this yet.
I applied for jobs my mentors and supervisors prepared me for. I even followed their lead to doors that closed. I was practically expected to be a shoe in. But I was denied. Although humbling, I was certain of my gratitude in this straightening of my path.
Then the time came. I interviewed and received two job offers within days of each other. Both unique, and especially uniquely working together. I couldn’t have designed this better or more in accordance with the vision I’ve had and together shared with my family.
While we work for our rewards whether we suffer or we see the fruit of our labor, God rewards us according to His riches in glory.
Because you are what God says that you are! You are enough!
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Anna Hargett is a lover of art, writing, music, running, and lifting weights. She finds great satisfaction as a wife, mother of two growing girls and two puppies. She works as an occupational therapy assistant and is passionate about helping people across the lifespan live life to its fullest. Anna is a lifetime learner, explorer, and creative enjoying this precious time we have with much gratitude. Click here o read more of Anna’s bio.